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CSU Summer Reading Project

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Why College Matters to GodIn August hundreds of new freshmen will converge on the Charleston Southern University campus. Each will bring mountains of belongings and years of information, opinions, experiences and ideas about life.

However, there will be a common thread among them – a summer reading project and a Freshmen Seminar course based on that reading project: Dr. Rick Ostrander’s Why College Matters to God.

Why College Matters to God will shape new student orientation discussions and the Freshman/New Student Christian Worldview 101 class this Fall Semester,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, vice president for athletics and student affairs. “The book will also resonate with CSU’s faculty and staff as well as parents of our new students.”

Ostrander’s simple language rings throughout the book as he tackles big subjects – the doctrine of creation, the doctrine of the fall and the doctrine of redemption. He clarifies concepts like how a Christian college differs from other colleges writing, “The difference between a Christian university and other institutions of higher learning is this: A Christian college weaves a Christian worldview into the entire fabric of the institution, including academic life.”

When writing the book, Ostrander, currently the provost at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sought to reach typical freshmen attending a Christian college. “As a Christian educator, my goal has always been to communicate the distinctive purpose and immense value of Christian higher education in clear and simple language,” writes Ostrander.

Ostrander also sheds light on the history of Christian colleges in America as well as what it means to integrate faith and learning. He answers questions like, “What is a worldview and how is it different from a Christian worldview?”

Many who are entering a Christian college may have never heard these terms. The time spent in freshmen seminar classes can lay a foundation for their years at the university as they continue to find their purpose through the weaving of the fabric of their own lives.

Why College Matters to God isavailable through the Charleston Southern University bookstoreor your favorite online bookseller includingAmazonandBarnes & Noble.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.  

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